Always a pleasure to read your novels. View all 4 comments. Sep 28, Linda Strong rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Vanessa and her husband are members of the New Hop Church , disguising itself from the religious cult it really is. Vanessa systematically cleans her house thoroughly every day She only grocery shops on one certain day a week..
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If that happens, she can expect her phone to ring as soon as she walks back into her house. And then there are other days that she spe Vanessa and her husband are members of the New Hop Church , disguising itself from the religious cult it really is. And then there are other days that she spends recruiting new members of the church.. She has been assigned the role role of a "Siren"—a recruiter trained to use seduction to elicit compliance from her marks. Her latest assignment is a man named Elliott, a man who she grows to love and respect. A sensual and savage affair ensues, threatening their lives and the lives of people close to them.
I found the inner workings of this religious cult fascinating at the green and control exerted over its members. Break a rule Have an affair with someone not associated with the church The characters are credible, well-drawn, full of the issues and flaws as most people. This is quite a page-turner, full of suspense, leading to worn down fingernails and bags under my eyes from reading until the early morning hours. Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of this Psychological Thriller.
Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely own. My Rating: 4. How long does it take for a dead body to start smelling? How deep does a grave need to be? God, so many questions. Quora, maybe? There are a lot of options. I can at least My Rating: 4. I can at least be grateful for that. My Review: What an odious and loathsome cast of characters, there were no heroes in this story; while some were more monstrous than others they were all contemptible and doggedly manipulative. View 2 comments. Sep 28, Dennis rated it really liked it Shelves: read , arc-publisher , beach-read , psychological-thriller , pub , romance , contemporary , domestic-thriller , coverporn.
Everyone who knows me, knows that I love everything Britney King, and everything about the New Hope series that she writes. I jumped at the chance to read her upcoming release, Speak of the Devil —continuing to follow the members of the New Hope church. A major part of religion is recruiting new members to join, but the New Hope church has an unconventional ploy to engage prospective members. Vanessa Bolton is a wife, mother, and siren for the church.
Vanessa uses her sexuality, not only for pr Everyone who knows me, knows that I love everything Britney King, and everything about the New Hope series that she writes. Vanessa uses her sexuality, not only for prospective members, but for the gain of the church. Vanessa is a trained seductress, playing upon the emotions of people to benefit the church.
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Vanessa is tasked with a new client, a chemist that goes by the name Elliot. Elliot is married, with his estranged wife and daughter out of the picture. The church sees Elliot as someone who can pivot the church to groundbreaking success, but he's been reluctant to manipulate. Once Vanessa begins her assignment, the duo's relationship becomes too much for them to handle. Vanessa is stuck between her life with her family and the church, and protecting a man who's only treated her with the respect and adoration that she deserves. The New Hope church is a formidable opponent, but are they ready to handle yet another breach in their congregation?
The exploration of the characters feels unique and original—both Elliot and Vanessa are distinctively different than the previous protagonists in this series, and they are definitely more memorable. After finishing the story, these characters will definitely resonate with me for awhile. Speak of the Devil is a romantic thriller, oozing of sex and sensuality—exploring the most exhibitionist behavior, while tapping into the human mind's most primitive emotions. You'll devour the story quickly, while also noticing how this book relates to sex and interpersonal relations in a much more profound way than it's predecessors.
Without spoiling anything trust me, I want to spill the tea, but I can't , I'm very curious to see how Britney King will continue the New Hope series,if she plans to do so, and I'm also excited to see how the direction her next story will go. Speak of the Devil is the darkest and most personal story from King yet—pushing the boundaries of what you may expect from this series. Sep 27, Elle's Book Blog rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-of , series-standalones , thrills-and-chills , top-favorites. So to say that I am addicted to her work based on three books is quite amazing- normally it takes more books to officially "hook me".
Speak of the Devil is a dark psychological suspense. It deals with people who are ess Release Date: October 4, Genre: Psychological Thriller Actual Rating: 5 stars Britney King is a fairly new author to me as I have only read two of her books in the past those include the interconnected standalones to this one; The Social Affair and The Replacement Wife.
It deals with people who are essentially a part of a cult because of a church they attend which puts men above all else and women below everything. Most of the POV's are via the women who are being domineered by these men, and let me tell you, being inside their head is intriguing. If I were to compare the women of the church to anything I would say they are as close to Stepford Wives as you can get! Britney writes it better than that though and it's almost indescribable. Now, don't let the idea that this book and the others is all about religion and such because it's based around a church- it's not.
This church is not one that preaches scripture.
Rather, those who are a part of it are more interesting in money, power, and keeping their women young, beautiful, and submissive. With that, this is a series that stands apart from all other psychological thrillers out there as Britney King uses unique concepts and slays character roles. If you are a fan of twisty reads and books with spectacular endings that make you gasp and cheer, then this is the book along with the others that I will mention again that you should be reading. I highly recommend them. Recommended Reading Order I recommend reading these books in order of publication.
The author doesn't have them grouped into a series, but they are interconnected standalones that will be better understood if you read them as follows: 1. Speak of the Devil purchase links not available yet View all 3 comments. Thank you so much Britney King for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. You want to drop everything, settle in for the night, and read her books. The common thread in this series is the New Hope Church, its members, and how it plays into their lives.
Each book focuses on different members, so there is no pressure to read them all, but I highly recommend that you do. This installment of the series follows Vanessa Bolton and she is not your typical New Hope wife. Vanessa is the church Siren: she recruits new members and uses her sexuality and power of seduction to allure them in. However, it's possible things go deeper than expected and this may be the most difficult recruit yet. Elliot and Vanessa are multifaceted, three-dimensional characters layered with issues, charged with sensuality, and deep, dark emotion.
I have always been fascinated by cults, especially those that use the concept of a church as a shield, and from a psychological perspective it's an interesting way to study human behavior.
Under these circumstances, it is so easy to brainwash and use scare tactics to manipulate people, which makes it the perfect choice for a psychological thriller. King is always rocking it with the short addictive chapters, multiple perspectives, and her writing is vivid which completely draws you in.
Oct 10, Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it really liked it Shelves: arc. OH Vanessa and Elliot - what tangled webs you both weave. Here's the thing with this series Britney comes out blazing with The Social Affair and you're left needing to know more about New Hope. Now we have Speak of the Devil - where we're neck deep and probably getting rejuvenated as we read. But she's not just a Siren. She's a reluctant wife, a mother and someone who is trying to find a way out Elliot is a husband who just wants his wife back, doesn't want to give in to the pressure of his business and is Vanessa's mark.
They are multifaceted characters and while vastly flawed, you can't help but feel for the both of them. What's so great about these books is that each book is a completely different story.
While snug in the same concept of the cultish life and New Hope, rather than just focusing on one character throughout the series, we get a look through different sets of eyes for each story. I will, however, recommend that you read these in order. While separate type stories, it helps to get the full background starting with book one - and they're such fast and entertaining reads, you will be glad that you did. I'm unsure whether this is an ending to the story as the ending leaves room for more to come, but yet feels like it could be complete if it wanted to be.
Personally, I'm always going to want more. I do wish I had a little more to how that ending came about - while it does get explained, I still wanted some more detail. And what happened with this and that character?! Another solid thriller. I'm not sure if I could pick a favorite of the three and I don't think I have to choose so I just won't. Highly recommend. An absolute dark and horrific ride into the depths of hell that had me gripping my kindle til my knuckles turned white I wanna do it again!!! I bow to you Britney King.
You are a mastermind. I never read anything like this. As always, superb writing that created a scene and the emotions jumped out of the pages. Speak of the Devil is disturbing, dark, twisted and everything a psychological thriller should be! Cheers Britney King! You did it again! I was a huge fan of the Social Affair and this went even darker!! Oct 11, Sherry Fundin rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , series , thriller , fiction , read-in , suspense , psychological.
Speak of the Devil is a twisted psychological thriller and Britney King does them so well. Stepford Wives has nothing on Speak of the Devil. Vanessa has a staying sober trick…. Why Vanessa? And then they meet. How far will they go to get what they want?
Now all is Speak of the Devil is a twisted psychological thriller and Britney King does them so well. Now all is being exposed, laid bare, for me to see the ugly. For me, it started out slow, but I think Britney was setting me up for the punchline. I am never able to anticipate all the surprises she throws into her books, and Speak of the Devil is no exception.
I love her ability to keep me in suspense, not letting me know what is coming next.
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I found the review difficult to write. I felt something is missing. Did I need more details of how they were feeling while they were being tortured? Was I having an off day? I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Speak of the Devil by Britney King. See more at fundinmental Oct 08, Becca Cordle rated it liked it. Oh, wait.. And ladies and gents, it is so so real.
Vanessa and her husband are both well respected members of the New Hope church. Oh no, she uses what the good lord gave her.. This one will blow your mind! View 1 comment. Jul 27, matt rated it it was ok Shelves: comic-books. I like the art - but the story is very weak. It starts out with lots of promise, but soon becomes a mess. No believable motivations are explored for the main trio of characters, and some explanation for their unbelievable behaviors is desperately needed. A waste of a good premise. Mar 05, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: alternative-comics , comics , los-bros-hernandez.
A laugh-out-loud funny parody of skeevy 's slasher flicks, and a smart and unsettling look at transgression, desire, voyeurism, and manipulation. The mass murderer is the most likable character. One of Beto's best-drawn, best-structured comics. Feb 13, Zack! Empire rated it really liked it Shelves: indie-comics. Doesn't go the way I thought it would at all! I was really surprised when this book took a VERY sharp turn about halfway through. You just don't see it coming.
There was also a part of the story that literally had me saying, "Jesus". It's a Gilbert book, so you know the artwork is beautiful. Feb 08, Ursula Villarreal-Moura rated it did not like it Recommends it for: gore freaks. Shelves: graphic-novel-comics. Speak of the Devil starts off as a fantastic graphic novel. The artwork and storyline at the beginning of the book are both mysterious and evocative. In fact, the first five pages or so are perhaps some of the strongest in the entire novel. When it's revealed who the town peeping tom is, it seems that Beto Hernandez is making an important statement about gender identity.
Unfortunately what starts off as feminist commentary quickly descends into gratuitous violence and gore. Granted Gilbert Beto Speak of the Devil starts off as a fantastic graphic novel. That said, this novel offers nothing of substance after part five. The characterization of Linda, Valentina's stepmom, is frankly the most redeeming aspect of the novel. Though not the main character, Linda's desires and motivations are credible and substantiated making her the the most interesting and sympathetic character. Despite her nymphomaniacal ways, Linda seems human and humane, especially juxtaposed with Val's robotically mindless persona.
If you are hoping to have gruesome nightmares, read this book right before sleeping. It guarantees to haunt you in the vilest possible way. How does such a gory story conclude? Val's fate is karmic and predictable. The final two panels are somewhat existential. Is the peeping tom doomed to a life of meaningless misanthropy or can one woman rewrite the very story we just read?
Feb 23, Arminzerella rated it did not like it Shelves: violence , borrowed-from-dave , disturbing , adult-fiction , sex , graphic-novel , teenagers , murder , bizarre-in-a-bad-way , death-of-parent-or-parents. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Teenage slasher gymnast takes up a creepy devil's mask, becomes a peeping tom, breaks with reality, and goes on a killing spree with her stepmom and guy friend.
Jealousy, revenge, killer instinct, pure crazy? Not sure exactly what combination of stuff is motivating her. The female characters all have huge powerful thighs and wispy waists there's a tendency toward buxom, too - but this varies from panel to panel depending on who's stuffed into the devil suit; bosoms magically disappear! Don't Teenage slasher gymnast takes up a creepy devil's mask, becomes a peeping tom, breaks with reality, and goes on a killing spree with her stepmom and guy friend.
Don't like a particular character? No worries. Almost everyone dies. Violence for the sake of violence. Jul 20, Marissa rated it it was ok Shelves: comix. It's kind of mind-blowing how much I prefer Jaime Hernandez's books over Gilbert's, which Speak of the Devil and Chance in Hell both just further confirm. I don't know, maybe I just don't get it.
A lot of Speak of the Devil seems shocking for the sake of being shocking and none of the characters are relatable or even remotely realistic. For as awesome as his art style is, I just don't like the writ It's kind of mind-blowing how much I prefer Jaime Hernandez's books over Gilbert's, which Speak of the Devil and Chance in Hell both just further confirm. For as awesome as his art style is, I just don't like the writing. Jan 01, Xisix rated it liked it Shelves: horror , erotica , graphic-novels , humor. Black comedy sexy murder romp by one of the Hernandez power duo behind Love and Rockets.
Did not feel much empathy for characters but perhaps that was part of the point. Towards ending of graphic novel it felt bit like a John Waters movie drenched in bloody mayhem. Entertaining though not great or terrible. Aug 26, Peter Baran rated it really liked it Shelves: read-harder So this is my written and drawn by the same person Read Harder book, and I have to say I have never read that much Los Bros Hernandez stuff. Love And Rockets had always seemed a little to light soapy for me, and the artwork sometimes too broad.
Here I completely get it. Speak Of The Devil is a nasty little tale of voyeurism which takes an unpredictable turn mid story and becomes something else. But the art and the writing are opaque enough to let the tale wend naturally, whilst also doing all it So this is my written and drawn by the same person Read Harder book, and I have to say I have never read that much Los Bros Hernandez stuff.
But the art and the writing are opaque enough to let the tale wend naturally, whilst also doing all it needs to evoke its small town setting and suburban tedium which leads to more. A nice crime tale, a quick but impactful read, and not without pleanty of impact.
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Maybe I should mark away a weekend for Love And Rockets after all May 10, Norman rated it really liked it Shelves: comics-indie. I'm so confused. I think I like it. Then again, it's such a whacky story. Starts out crazy to begin with - our protagonist is a masked "peeping tom" who spies on her father and stepmother for some reason - but then it evolves into something completely left-field.
I mean, Gilbert Hernandez has such a special way of writing that a plausible plot seems almost unnecessary for storytelling. Is that the point? Mar 11, Zachary King rated it really liked it. This is a weird one. Val is a gymnast whose nightly peeping tom activities lead to revelation with her boyfriend and her stepmother. The book descends into horror fairly rapidly, but Beto never tells us what it all means.
Like most reviewers on here, I found this book oddly compelling but also slightly repulsive. Perhaps that is the point. Apr 02, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: loeg-archives. Of course, I love the Hernandez Brothers, and this book is no exception. It starts off dealing with disaffected youth, a young girl running around the neighborhood wearing a devil mask and peeping into houses, specifically on her stepmother.
It then morphs into a serial killer thing, with the girl, her boyfriend and the stepmother going on a rampage. Very odd and surreal, quite dark, but very intense and powerful. I definitely want to read it again fairly soon. Nov 24, Oliver Hodson rated it really liked it. This went in some completely unexpected directions, from a seeming study in suburban quirk to a homicidal tale of destruction.
When people start getting stabbed directly in the eye you know this is not a conventional peeping tom tale. The fact that it is not conventional is enjoyable, but it gets so extreme that it feels like it is removed from reality, and any comment on suburbia is probably already made before the knives in eyes.
Oct 21, Corby Plumb rated it really liked it. Feb 27, ISBN Jan 10, ISBN Jan 10, Minutes. So when a gunman opens fire at the crowded Thanksgiving Day parade, Fritz steps into action, giving chase. The nervous police need an outside man, and Fritz fits the bill. But the dark story behind the story soon begins to emerge, and when Fritz zeroes in on the terrible truth, the killer retaliates by making things personal. Now Fritz must grapple with his deepest fear: Sometimes nightmares really do come true. He keeps the suspense mounting.
It lives by its wits, and its wits would work anywhere.